I once heard a statement that caught my attention. It was “if you protect your peace, your peace will protect you. I pondered this statement for a few days. While I knew it was true, I was searching for a scripture to confirm it. I did not have to look very far.
Philippians 4:7 says, And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
I found some interesting things as I began to study the word ‘keep.’ In the Strong’s Concordance, this word means; to be a watcher in advance, to mount guard as a sentinel (post spies at gates); to hem in, protect, keep (with a garrison).
It further means; to guard, protect by a military guard, either to prevent hostile invasion, or to keep the inhabitants of a besieged city from flight.
As I have shared with you before, peace is an aggressive weapon. We now see, it is also a guard and a protector. Yes, peace is a weapon, a guard, and protection. Yet before you can possess this wonderful blessing you must first have peace in your life, your heart and mind.
Sadly, these days, peace is not something I sense on most people, not even on Christians. Personally, I don’t think people realize the power of peace. If they did, they would fight to obtain Gods peace and to maintain His peace.
Jesus said in John 14:27, Peace, I leave with you, MY peace, I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
My friend, can you see what God has given us, according to this scripture? He gave us HIS peace. The same peace that carried and protected Him through crowds who wished to stone Him. The same peace that carried Him through the cross. The same peace that carried Him, that garrisoned about Him, through hell. The same peace that led Him out to rise again. THAT peace is the peace He has given you and me. A peace that rules and reigns if we allow it to. This is a peace that protects and guards.
So, how do you begin to get this peace? That answer is found in Isaiah 26:3.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in you.
We can’t keep our mind on the problems, challenges and what is going on in the world and walk in peace. We must keep our mind on God, His Word, and His promises. Then and only then will we walk in this God kind of peace.
Once we have peace, we must protect it. We can’t allow things or people to come in and steal our peace. And trust me, the enemy will do everything in his power to steal your peace. However, he can’t touch it if you don’t allow him to.
Jesus gave you His peace. It is yours. Yours to keep, or yours to let slip away. I can tell you from experience, nothing compares to the peace God gives. Nothing. Once you truly lay hold of His peace and begin to walk in it, you will fight to keep it.
Peace is a weapon – one that will guard and protect you – all the days of your life.
Just as the scripture says, that peace will watch out for you and warn you in advance. It will garrison about you and protect you. It will help you to stand your ground when things try to invade your atmosphere. Peace is an aggressive weapon and a strong protector. And it is yours for the taking. Take it today.